1 Peter 4:12-13

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

Why do we suffer?  Why do we fail?  Why do our best plans end up in ruin?

God uses all circumstances in our lives to bring us closer to him.  He uses our difficulty to teach us about his faithfulness.  He tests our FAITH.  He also uses our circumstance to help grow the FAITH of others.

How do you react?  How do you respond under pressure?  Is your faith demonstrated?

As Christians, we are called to a higher calling.  In difficulty, failure, and tragedy, we are called to look to God.  We are called to activate our FAITH and demonstrate our trust in God’s protection.  This is fundamental to our spiritual growth.  God uses our circumstances to teach us to better trust.  He builds on this trust by delivering.  It is commonly said “that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.  This is true on many levels.  God can use our problems to demonstrate his faithfulness to us – if we trust.  This strengthens our FAITH – makes our FAITH stronger.  God delivers.  FAITH is progressive.

Also – always remember – others are watching.  How we react to trouble shows others our true FAITH.  It shows how much we trust God.  How do others see you reacting?  Do you exhibit stress and concern? OR Do you trust God and his promises?  Our FAITH can help our fellow believers to advance spiritually and progresses their FAITH.   All we have to do is TRUST.

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

What a punctuation mark!  We are to be the followers of Christ we are called to be.  Our Christian walk is to focus on living out what we claim to believe – in any and all circumstances.  AND, we get a bonus.  Our difficulties, if we response in FAITH, strengthens us.  Gives us the perseverance to finish our “race”.  The PROMISE is that our FAITH, when activated, will ultimately grow us spiritually.

Follow Christ and His values, regardless of the circumstance.

Consider it a joy!